Noah Spence was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A defensive lineman for the Ohio State Buckeyes, he helped the team to win back-to-back Division Championships in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
During his youth, Spence attended Bishop McDevitt High School in his hometown, where he established himself as one of the top high school football players in the nation and earned a host of accolades. Throughout his junior and senior years at high school, he was credited with more than 200 tackles, including 50 tackles for loss and 35.5 sacks, leading the team to consecutive appearances in the Class AAA State Championship Game. He was later selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game, where he set a record of three sacks in the game.
At the conclusion of his senior year, Spence was voted as the Gatorade Player of the Year and the Big School Defensive Player of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania, and was named as a High School All-American by Parade Magazine. Considered a five-star recruit by multiple analysts and widely recognised as one of the nation's best defensive prospects, he received numerous offers from schools around the country, but ultimately committed to Ohio State University.
Spence enrolled at Ohio State in 2012 and took little time in establishing himself on the collegiate stage. He was given significant playing time as a true freshman, featuring in 11 of the team's 12 games and missing only the game against Nebraska through injury. Over the course of the season, the Buckeyes were able to achieve a 12-0 unbeaten record en route to winning the Division Championship. For his part, Spence was able to contribute 12 tackles, seven solo tackles, one sack, one pass breakup and one tackle for loss.
As a sophomore, Spence helped the team to a 12-2 record and their second consecutive Division Title. In the season opener against Buffalo, he put in one of his best performances of the year, recording six tackles, including three solo tackles, and one sack. He went on to play in all of Ohio State's regular season games in 2013, recording 50 tackles in total, and 14 tackles for loss.
In early 2014, Spence tested positive for a banned substance and was given a three-game suspension, causing him to miss the Orange Bowl Game against Clemson and the first two games of the 2014 season.
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